Professor Katherine Halsey

Professor

English Studies University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Katherine Halsey

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About me

About me

I hold a BA, M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and a PGCE from King's College, London. I have previously worked at the University of Cambridge, the University of St Andrews and the Institute of English Studies, University of London. I have held visiting fellowships at the University of Cambridge, Chawton House Library, and the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Award

AHRC Standard Route Grant, £1 million
Arts and Humanities Research Council

https://borrowing.stir.ac.uk
Principal Investigator of the 'Books and Borrowing, 1750-1830: An Analysis of Scottish Borrowers' Registers' project. https://borrowing.stir.ac.uk

Landmark Trust Futures Award

https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/
Landmark Trust Futures provides free stays for small groups of up to 8-10 people for academic purposes: study, discussion, teaching, field study, writing etc.

Other Academic Activities

The 21st Century Book Historian Workshops

A series of doctoral training workshops, funded through SGSAH's Cohort Development Funding scheme, led by myself, Tom Mole (Edinburgh) and Daniel Cook (Dundee)

Derek Brewer Visiting Fellowship, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

Visiting Fellowship at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

Roger W. Eddy Visiting Fellowship, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

Visiting Fellowship at the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

Chawton House Library and University of Southampton Visiting Fellowship

Visiting Fellowship at Chawton House Library

Professional qualification

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research (5)

My research interests lie mainly in the fields of eighteenth-century and Romantic-period literature and print culture, in particular Jane Austen and the history of reading, although I also work on Mary Russell Mitford and Margaret Oliphant. In addition, I have wide-ranging interests in contemporary reading practices and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century library history. I am a member of three AHRC research networks, the Digital Reading Network (http://www.digitalreadingnetwork.com/), the Community Libraries:Connecting Readers in the Atlantic World, c.1650-c.1850 Network (http://communitylibraries.net/), and the Institutions of Literature 1700-1900 Network (http://institutionsofliterature.net/). I am a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's nework: The 1820s: Innovation and Diffusion. I also sit on the Management Board of the Reading Experience Database, 1450-1945 (http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/), and I am one of the Associate Editors of the Year's Work in English Studies.

I am the Principal Investigator of the £1million AHRC-funded 'Books and Borrowing: An Analysis of Scottish Borrowers' Registers, 1750-1830' project. https://borrowing.stir.ac.uk

With Emma Macleod, I co-direct the centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Stirling: https://www.stir.ac.uk/about/faculties/arts-humanities/our-research/eighteenth-century-studies/

Projects

Books and Borrowing 1750-1830: An Analysis of Scottish Borrowers’ Registers
PI: Professor Katherine Halsey
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Innerpeffray Library: Books and Borrowers, 1747-1968
PI: Professor Katherine Halsey
Funded by: Strathmartine Trust

Shakespeare at 450: Text, Power, Authority
PI: Professor Katherine Halsey
Funded by: Delegates - Short Courses

The Library of Innerpeffray
PI: Professor Katherine Halsey
Funded by: Heritage Lottery Fund

Innerpeffray Library: photographing and transcribing 2 volumes of ledgers
PI: Professor Katherine Halsey
Funded by: Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Outputs (59)

Outputs

Book Chapter

Halsey K (2022) Picturing the Reader in Jane Austen’s Novels. In: Yeates A & Palmer B (eds.) Picturing the Reader: Reading and Representation in the Long Nineteenth Century. Writing and Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century, 11. Bern: Peter Lang. https://doi.org/10.3726/b14839

Book Chapter

Halsey K (2022) Jane Austen And Her Publishers: Northanger Abbey and the Publishing Context of the Early Nineteenth Century. In: Poplawski P (ed.) Studying English Literature in Context: Critical Readings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/literature/english-literature-general-interest/studying-english-literature-context-critical-readings?format=PB

Book Review

Halsey K (2021) The Edinburgh History of Reading: a review essay. Review of: Early Readers, edited by Mary Hammond (The Edinburgh History of Reading). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020. xiii +367pp., ill. ISBN: 9781474446082; Modern Readers, edited by Mary Hammond (The Edinburgh History of Reading). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020. xii + 348pp., ill. ISBN: 9781474446112; Common Readers, edited by Jonathan Rose (The Edinburgh History of Reading. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020. xiii + 361pp., ill. ISBN: 9781474461887; Subversive Readers, edited by Jonathan Rose (The Edinburgh History of Reading. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020. xii + 386., ill. ISBN: 9781474461917. Library and Information History, 37 (1), pp. 70-79. https://doi.org/10.3366/lih.2021.0047

Book Chapter

Halsey K (2021) From Samplers to Shakespeare: Jane Austen’s Reading. In: Wilson CA & Frawley MH (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Jane Austen. Routledge Literature Companions. London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Jane-Austen/Wilson-Frawley/p/book/9780367027292

Book Chapter

Halsey K (2019) Jane Austen's Global Influence. In: Rabinowitz P (ed.) Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Literature. Oxford Research Encyclopedias. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190201098.013.279

Article

Baiesi S, Farese C & Halsey K (2017) Subversive Austen: Introduction to the Special Issue. Textus: English Studies in Italy, 30 (3), pp. 7-18. http://www.carocci.it/index.php?option=com_carocci&task=schedafascicolo&Itemid=257&id_fascicolo=776

Other

Baiesi S (Editor), Farese C (Editor) & Halsey K (Editor) (2017) Special Issue of Textus: English Studies in Italy: Subversive Austen. Textus: English Studies in Italy, 30 (3). http://www.carocci.it/index.php?option=com_carocci&task=schedarivista&Itemid=262&id_rivista=62

Book Review

Halsey K (2017) Peter Garside and Karen O’Brien, The Oxford History of the Novel in English. Review of: The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Vol 2: English and British Fiction 1750-1820, ed. Peter Garside and Karen O'Brien, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, 704 pp. ISBN: 9780199574803. Romanticism, 23 (3), pp. 282-285. https://doi.org/10.3366/rom.2017.0343

Article

Halsey K (2016) Preface [The History of Reading, The State of the Discipline]. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, (23). http://www.forumjournal.org/article/view/1708

Book Review

Halsey K (2015) Review of: Mary Brunton, Self-Control, ed. Anthony Mandal and Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, In Search of Jane Austen: The Language of the Letters. Review of: Mary Brunton, Self-Control, ed. Anthony Mandal. Chawton House Library Series. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013. Pp. 405. ISBN 9781848934023 and Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, In Search of Jane Austen: The Language of the Letters. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. 304. ISBN 9780199945115. BARS Review, (46). http://www.bars.ac.uk/review/index.php/barsreview/article/view/130

Book Review

Halsey K (2015) Review of: Allan F. Westphall, Books and Religious Devotion: The Redemptive Reading of an Irishman in Nineteenth-Century New England. Review of: Books and Religious Devotion: The Redemptive Reading of an Irishman in Nineteenth-Century New England, Allan F. Westphall, University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2014, 248pp. ISBN 978-0-271-06404-8. Library and Information History, 31 (3), pp. 216-271. https://doi.org/10.1179/1758348915Z.00000000085

Book Chapter

Halsey K (2014) Gothic and the History of Reading, 1764-1830. In: Byron G & Townshend D (eds.) The Gothic World. Routledge Worlds. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 172-184. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415637442/

Authored Book

Halsey K (2013) Jane Austen and her Readers, 1786-1945. Anthem Nineteenth-Century Series. London: Anthem Press. http://www.anthempress.com/jane-austen-and-her-readers-1786-1945-hb

Book Chapter

Halsey K (2012) Jane Austen. In: Hadfield A (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature. New York: Oxford University Press. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199846719/obo-9780199846719-0081.xml

Book Chapter

Halsey K (2012) Working-Class Readers in the Nineteenth Century: An introduction to the "Reading Experience Database, 1450-1945" (RED) [Kurzfassung: Leser aus der Arbeiterklasse im 19. Jh.: Eine Einfuhrung in die Datenbank "Reading Experience Database, 1450-1945" (RED)]. In: Siegert & R (eds.) Volksbildung durch Lesestoffe im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert: Voraussetzungen, Medien, Topographie (Educating the People through Reading Material in the Eighteenth and 19th Centures: Principles, Media, Topography). Bremen: Edition Lumiere, pp. 49-66. http://www.editionlumiere.de/siegert.html

Edited Book

Towheed S, Crone R & Halsey K (eds.) (2011) The History of Reading, First ed. Routledge Literature Readers. London: Taylor & Francis (Routledge).

Book Review

Halsey K (2010) Review of: Fiona Stafford, Brief Lives: Jane Austen and Janet Todd, The Cambridge Introduction of Jane Austen. Review of: Janet Todd, The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, pages: xi+152, ISBN 9780521858069 and Fiona Stafford, Brief Lives: Jane Austen, London: Hesperus Press, 2008, pages 114, ISNB: 9781843919063. BARS Bulletin and Review, 37, pp. 32-34. http://www.bars.ac.uk/bulletinreview/barsbulletinreview.php?menu=1

Article

Dow G & Halsey K (2010) Jane Austen's Reading: The Chawton Years. Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-line, 30 (2). http://www.jasna.org/persuasions/on-line/vol30no2/dow-halsey.html

Book Review

Halsey K (2009) Review of: Thomas Wright, Oscar's Books.
London: Chatto & Windus, 2008, Pp. 370 ISBN: 9780701180614. Library and Information History, 25 (2), pp. 142-143. https://doi.org/10.1179/175834909X417480

Book Review

Halsey K (2008) Review of: Janet Todd and Linda Bree, Jane Austen: Later Manuscripts. Review of: Review of Janet Todd and Linda Bree, Jane Austen: Later Manuscripts, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008 (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen) pp. 742, ISBN: 978052184348. Variants, 7, pp. 215-218. http://www.textualscholarship.eu/variants/index.html

Book Chapter

Halsey K (2005) Spectral Texts in "Mansfield Park". In: Batchelor J & Kaplan C (eds.) British Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century: Authorship, Politics and History. First ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 48-61.

Teaching

Teaching

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and currently teach across the whole of our undergraduate programme, with specialist teaching in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic literature, Tragedy, and Book History.

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